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How to Help Prevent Data Breaches in Your Business

How to Help Prevent Data Breaches in Your Business

There is a common misconception that data breaches are caused by skilled hackers using techniques that are far beyond the comprehension of the average person. And those types of attacks do exist, but they are not common, and they are certainly not the biggest source of data breaches in the world. If you look at the biggest data breaches over the past decade, you’ll find that a majority of them were caused by human error and corporate carelessness.

This is good news for you and your businesses. It means that there are simple measures you can implement to greatly increase your company’s cybersecurity.

1. Train your Employees to Recognize Common Attacks

Anyone who works in an office space where digital security is important will tell you how adamant they are about staff training. As human errors are the most common cause of data breaches, you can greatly reduce the odds of a breach by simply teaching your staff about the most common forms of attack.

This includes teaching your staff about common sense security practices, such as not clicking strange links you receive by email, not plugging random USB drives into your corporation’s network, and double-checking the recipient list before you hit send on a sensitive email.

2. Limit Access to your Company’s Data

It is rarely the case that every member of a corporation needs access to every part of a company’s cloud. If you still haven’t put together a system that limits who can access and alter your company’s data, you should make that a priority.

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This will not only limit how much data can be leaked by a single person’s mistake, but it can also limit the extent of any potential attack. Since if one computer ends up compromised, the attacker will only be able to see what that computer has permission to see.

Setting up access permissions to different files is something you can do on your own, but it’ll probably be smoother if you get IT support professionals involved.

3. Keep your Software Updated

You know the drill. Software updates and security patches are all crucial to make sure your computer is safe from attacks. This is especially important given that by the time a security issue is patched, that problem has already been known and out there for weeks. Maybe even months. This means that the people who are interested in hacking systems have had plenty of time to learn how to make the most out of that security issue.

4. Solve the Password Problem

We know from previous data breaches that the most common password in the world was “123456” back in 2019. This is not to say that everyone is out there using easy-to-guess passwords, but given the nature of corporate networks, all it takes is one employee using a weak password to risk compromising large chunks of your data.

The solution is to design a network that doesn’t rely solely on passwords to authenticate users. Implement a two-factor authentication solution instead. It can help make sure that even if a password is compromised, no bad actors will be able to get into your network. 

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